ERIC Number: ED456132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Efficacy, Outcomes, and Empowerment Evaluation of a School District NET Project. Research Brief.
This study addressed the efficacy and outcomes of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrition Education Training (NET) project designed to increase awareness of health risk and wellness factors for grade 9 high school students. The study also considered the empowerment fostered by the program and measured changes in the health and nutrition attitudes and health behaviors of students from grade 8 to grade 9. The curriculum was designed to supplement, not supplant, education on nutrition and health in the schools, using information based on the Dietary Guidelines for America. The NET project took place in 5 high schools in a Tennessee county school system of approximately 17,000 students. A student cohort was randomly sampled on three occasions, Spring of grade 8 (n=131), Fall of grade 9 (n=125), and Spring of grade 9 (n=100), after the NET curriculum. Data indicated that the NET project produced overall positive results for the two measurable nutrition goals and objectives and for the team and community involvement goals. Female students reported an increase in health and nutrition risk habits during the duration of the project, and male students also reported improvements, although there may have been some differences in their perceptions of "high fat foods." Students were apparently more motivated to improve health habits by eating more fruits and vegetables than they were to reduce consumption of high fat foods. Four appendixes contain a description of the wellness curriculum, a list of national health goals, the goals of the NET program, and the pretest and posttest questions. (Contains 7 tables, 4 figures, and 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Valley Educators for Excellence, Muscle Shoals, AL.